UPDATE | Statement from Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham:
“There are no cuts. Funding for NSW students increases by $3.6 billion over the next decade.”
Official data shows:
· Mudgee High – Is set for a $9.4 million boost of Gonski needs-based funding over the next decade
· Mudgee Public – Set for a $5.3 million boost
· Cudgegong Valley High School – Set for a $4.5 million boost
· Gulgong High – Set for a $2.8 million boost
· Gulgong Public – Set for a $2.6 million boost
· Goolma Public School – Set for a $224,600 boost
· Hill End Public School – Set for a $205,700 boost
· Lue Public School – Set for a $302,300 boost
· Ulan – Set for a $233,800 boost
“Our funding growth means there’s no reason schools won’t be able to continue to support teachers and new or existing initiatives, such as specialist teachers or targeted intervention programs.”
“We’re delivering the real ‘Gonski’ needs-based funding model that Labor didn’t. The Turnbull Government is delivering the real, needs-based, sector blind funding system that David Gonski and his panel of experts envisaged.”
“Our plan is about giving all Australian schools a fair go and wiping away the 27 special deals Labor signed up that trashed the recommendations of David Gonski and his panel of experts.”
“I would encourage everybody to move on from the days and the years of separate deals for separate players in the schools funding wars, and back us in delivering the Gonski report recommendations and ensuring we have a true, consistent, needs-based approach to funding in the future.”
“We’ve used the best data sets available in Australia to develop our funding plan unlike some of our critics who seem to be doing their calculations on the back of an envelope.”
“Everyone can see for themselves exactly how our plan will benefit their school by visiting education.gov.au/qualityschoolsand clicking through to the Schools Funding Estimator.”
PREVIOUS | The NSW Teachers Federation says that close to $3 million of funding for the region’s public schools is at risk under the plan the Federal Government has put forward.
They said the NSW Gonski agreement is at risk of being terminated, with the Turnbull Government moving to change the legislation to replace needs based funding agreements with a plan that will reduce funding for public schools.
And that the Turnbull plan would cut $846 million from NSW public schools, which locally would result in cuts totalling $2,901,562.
The difference between what Gonski would have provided and what the Turnbull plan would cut from Mudgee High is $830,651; at Mudgee Public $690,246; Cudgegong Valley $462,163; Gulgong High $301,011; Gulgong Public $443,176; Goolma $52,881; Hill End $14,494; Lue $39,068; Ulan $21,610.
NSW Teachers Federation country organiser, Kelly Anderson, said “Gonski is the fairest system of funding, it ensures that all schools are funded at a base minimum resource standard and the equity loadings are there to provide additional resources for students with greater need”.
“The Turnbull plan means that some schools may never reach the minimum resource standard even over the next 10 years.
“Schools funding should never be something which Politicians can use as a political football. Just like health services, they are crucial for a community and should always be fully funded, regardless of who is in Government, to ensure that the community has access to well resourced schools and health services.”
In NSW continuing the Gonski funding has bipartisan support and education minister Rob Stokes has been advocating to continue the agreement signed in 2013.